If you're considering this book, I suggest listening to the sample first. I wanted to listen to this book, but dumped it because ...
The. Narrator. Is. So. Determined. To. Enunciate. That. He. Has. The. Pace. Of. A. Talking. Robot.
No way am I putting up with that choppy delivery for 19 hours. Fortunately, the nice folks at Audible gave me a credit for another book when I called and asked.
I'm giving up after investing nine hours listening. There's almost no story here. In nine hours, I've heard maybe 30 minutes of actual action. The rest reads like a prepper's field manual, lots and lots and lots of details about how a group of super-preppers prepared for an economic collapse ... all the way down to brand names and sizes and gauges for every tool, weapon, heritage seed, solar panel, etc., etc. etc.
In fact, the protagonists are so well-prepared (as explained in excruciating detail), there's no tension for the reader. There's no urgency, no sense that something bad will happen to them, no feeling they're in over their heads -- in other words, nothing to hold the reader's interest. They've got shelter, power, food, vehicles, tools, water, medical supplies, weapons, ammo, lots of land -- you name it, they thought of it. So against the backdrop of a worldwide financial collapse, the danger to them is ... pretty much nothing. Sure, bandits showed up in one scene, but the super-preppers killed and/or scared them all off quickly, thanks to their weapons and training. I never for a moment felt any fear for any of the super-preppers -- they're too good, too perfectly trained and prepared.
There's not even much written about what's going on in the rest of society once the economic collapse happens. No scenes from the urban jungle, no checking in with other characters stuck in suburbia, no mention of what the federal government was doing (Nothing? Did a fascist dictator arise? Did angry citizens storm Washington or Wall Street and kill the people who caused the collapse? Hellooo!) ... just a brief mention that several cities burned down or were barricaded, and then lots of lots of details about how the super-preppers had prepared for the collapse and thus are getting along just fine in their retreat.
Perhaps that changes later in the book, but nine hours is waaaay too much to invest in listening to a book that comes across as a prepper's field manual instead of the novel I hoped it would be. If there's going to be action that puts the protagonists in real peril, it needs to happen way before the nine-hour mark.
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